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Speleology in Kazakhstan

Shakalov on 11 Jul, 2012
Hello everyone! I pleased to invite you to the official site of Central Asian Karstic-Speleological commission ("Kaspeko")   There, we regularly publish reports about our expeditions, articles and reports on speleotopics, lecture course for instructors, photos etc Also we have forum there. ...

New publications on hypogene speleogenesis

Klimchouk on 26 Mar, 2012
Dear Colleagues, This is to draw your attention to several recent publications added to KarstBase, relevant to hypogenic karst/speleogenesis: Corrosion of limestone tablets in sulfidic ground-water: measurements and speleogenetic implications Galdenzi,

The deepest terrestrial animal

Klimchouk on 23 Feb, 2012
A recent publication of Spanish researchers describes the biology of Krubera Cave, including the deepest terrestrial animal ever found: Jordana, Rafael; Baquero, Enrique; Reboleira, Sofía and Sendra, Alberto. ...

Caves - landscapes without light

akop on 05 Feb, 2012
Exhibition dedicated to caves is taking place in the Vienna Natural History Museum   The exhibition at the Natural History Museum presents the surprising variety of caves and cave formations such as stalactites and various crystals. ...

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Turkish karst aquifers, Gunay, G.; Guner, N.; Tork, K.
Sulphuric acid speleogenesis and landscape evolution: Montecchio cave, Albegna river valley (Southern Tuscany, Italy), Piccini, Leonardo; De Waele, Jo; Galli, Ermanno; Polyak, Victor J.; Bernasconi, Stefano M., Asmerom, Yemane
The role of condensation in the evolution of dissolutional forms in gypsum caves: Study case in the karst of Sorbas (SE Spain), Gazquez, Fernando; Calaforra, José Maria; Forti, Paolo; De Waele, Jo; Sanna, Laura
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Sinkhole session (NH 8.6) at EGU 2012

Author Alexander Klimchouk.
Posted on 20 Dec, 2011

Dear colleagues,

we would like to draw your attention on the following forthcoming
Scientific Session on Sinkholes at the General Assembly of EGU in
Vienna, next April:

Session NH8.6 "Sinkholes: from susceptibility to risk evaluation and
mapping"
at EGU General Assembly (Vienna, 22-27 April 2012)

Convened by: Mario Parise, Giulio Iovine, Stefania Nisio

Session Description
Sinkholes are widespread in many countries of the world, in several geological and morphological settings, affecting distinct lithotypes either in the detrital cover sequences or in bedrock outcrops. In particular, some phenomena develop in geomorphological context characterized by plain areas and notable detrital coverages, either made of sediments or colluvial or residual terrains, thick even tens to hundreds of meters. In some cases, the genetic mechanisms are poorly understood; they can be quite complex and appear not directly connected with classical karstic processes. The recent urban development and the increasing need of spaces for infrastructures in areas potentially affected by sinkholes require a better comprehension in terms of related susceptibility, hazard and risk. The session aims to stimulate the discussion on the state-of-the-art of the studies on the mentioned topic, with special regard to sinkholes in plain not-karstic areas. Analyses of genetic mechanisms, methodological examples of investigation, and case studies are welcome, as well as description of techniques for evaluating susceptibility, hazard and risk.

Note: A selection of studies presented at this session will be considered for publication in a special issue of a relevant international journal.

For info on how to submit an Abstract see this page.

or go directly at the sessions page, choose Session NH8.6, and press "Abstract submission"

The deadline for the submission of Abstracts is 17 January 2012.

Further information about the EGU General Assembly 2012 can be found 
here , and information about EGU itself can be found here .

In case any technical questions arise, please contact us

For any questions relevant to the Session organization please do not
hesitate to contact me

We hope to see you in Vienna!

Best Regards,

Mario Parise and co-conveners

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Science and challenges into the deepest cave of Spain

by Raul Perez-Lopez on 19 Aug, 2015

The Geological Survey of Spain (IGME) is conducting a research into the Cerro del Cuevon (-1589m), the deepest cave of Spain and one of the top ten around the world This cave is located at Picos de Europa (Asturias Community, Northern of Spain) The Spanish scientific project (SISMOSIMA), is led by Raul Pérez López, geologist and caver who studies the effect of earthquakes in caves The main objective of the project is to place thermal and gas loggers (CO2 and H2) in different deep caves all around Spain, with the aim to propose a model of earthquake activity and thermo-gas response of karst systems The idea, say the geologist and caver, is to compare gas emission and thermal perturbation in tectonically active zones (southeast of Spain, Murcia and Andalusian communities) with other stable areas (Asturias and Cantabrian zones) Hence, the Cerro del Cuevon is one of the caves chosen due to the high depth (-1589m) This cave is located into the heart of the Picos de Europa Mountains and it is considered one of the most difficult caves around the world The team for this proposal is composed by a great number of speleologists from all parts of Spain Furthermore, the Coordinator of the Cave Team, Carlos Flores, is a Sergeant of Firefighter in Toledo and the leader of the initiative 17peaks+17 caves (17Picos+17Simas) This initiative claims for climb up the highest mountain peaks and to climb down the deepest caves of the 17 communities of Spain Therefore, the conjugation between science and sport challenge becomes real the dream of both cavers, to go down the deepest point of Spain, and to put there a scientific sensor. ...

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International Speleological Congress 2017 in Sydney, Australia

by Speleogenesis News Manager on 19 Aug, 2015

Dear Caving Colleagues and Caving Friends The International Union of Speleology (UIS) conducts the International Congress of Speleology (ICS) every 4 years, a major event on the world speleology calendar The 17th congress is to be held in Sydney, Australia from 23-30 July 2017 It will be organised and hosted by the Australian Speleological Federation (ASF) This is the second time the Congress has been held in the Southern Hemisphere and the first time in Australia Australia is a dream destination, and the chosen venue, Sydney, will provide a memorable conference experience and world class event ASF will feature speleology in Australasia and the organising committee is working hard to prepare the Congress as a friendly meeting with an interesting program including excursions to fascinating cave and karst areas in Australia and New Zealand and an attractive accompanying program You have been identified as someone who may have an interest in attending and perhaps presenting a paper at the next ICS (17th ICS) in 2017 We invite you to subscribe to our mailing list for regular email updates and announcements about the Congress by following the link to our Subscribe for Email Updates page here: http://speleo2017com/Subscribehtml If you do not subscribe this will be the last email that you receive For more information visit the Congress website at http://speleo2017com or our Facebook page at https://wwwfacebookcom/Speleo2017 We look forward to your possible attendance at the next ICS in Sydney, Australia, 23-30 July, 2017 Kind regards Speleo 2017 ICS Organising Commission. ...

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Call for papers for Special issue on the topic of "Geophysical imaging in karst terrain"

by Speleogenesis News Manager on 19 Aug, 2015

Contributions are invited for the special issue on the topic of "Geophysical imaging in karst terrain", which will be published in AIMS Geosciences in 2016 (http://wwwaimspresscom/journal/geosciences) All submitted papers will go through a peer-review process, and published papers are available online in open access Moreover, all the publishing fees are fully waived for authors Topic Editor: Prof Neil Anderson Email: nanders@mstedu Special issue website: http://wwwaimspresscom/newsinfo/415html Karst terrains, because of their frequently complex subsurface morphologies, present unique challenges to practitioners and researchers engaged in multiple fields including construction, transportation, agriculture, hydrogeology, environmental remediation, mining, and hydrocarbon exploration The basic mineralogical, hydrogeological and chemical processes which lead to the formation of karst are well-established and, at any site of interest, karst topography can normally be established through standard field investigations Site-specific karst morphology, in contrast, is often not well understood because sufficient subsurface control is not available Often, the complexity of the subsurface morphology at a specific site is not appreciated because sufficient subsurface control has not been acquired In many instances, the most reliable and cost-effective approach to characterizing subsurface in karst terr ain involves the acquisition of borehole control, petrophysical data and geophysical data and the integrated analyses and interpretation of the same The borehole and petrophysical data normally provide for higher resolution control but only in proximity to the boring and are generally used to constrain the interpretation of geophysical data The geophysical data are generally lower resolution but are used to cost-effectively image the subsurface away from the borings and often to greater depths This special issue is focused on geophysical imaging approaches used to elucidate karst morphology We especially welcome research-quality investigations in areas where the complexity of the subsurface poses unique challenges and investigations where innovative approaches were employed Paper Submission: Full text submission due date:15th December 2015 Full paper should be submitted online to the journal at http://wwwaimspresscom/geosciences/authorhtml To download the template file click Instruction for Authors on our journal webpage http://wwwaimspresscom/news/115html. ...

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Promoting hypogene karst researches: DeepKarst-2016 Conference and a HypoKarst book

by Alexander Klimchouk on 19 Aug, 2015

There is ongoing preparation of two interlinked activities relevant to hypogene karst: the DeepKarst 2016 Conference and the book “Selected Hypogene Karst Regions and Caves of the World” 1 DeepKarst-2016 Conference: Origins, Resources, and Management of Hypogene Karst As you might know from the earlier announcements (eg http://speleogenesisinfo/news/?id=336), this conference will be held at NCKRI Headquarters in Carlsbad, New Mexico, USA on 11-14 April 2016 It is being organized by National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI) in cooperation with the UIS Commission on Karst Hydrogeology and Speleogenesis (UIS KHS Commission) The focus of the conference will be on hypogenic karst, its theory, management, economic reservoirs, and more It will be one of the major karst-related events in 2016 and the major meeting of the UIS KHS Commission, the last one before the UIS Congress in Australia in 2017 Colleagues involved in hypogene karst researches are encouraged to consider submitting a paper to this important conference and attend it Not much time remains before the papers for this conference are due (on 15 September 2015) For registration, submission and further details please go to the conference website at http://deepkarstorg/ Please, support the conference by your contribution and encourage your colleagues to attend! 2 The book “Selected Hypogene Karst Regions and Caves of the Word” During the recent karst conference at Birmingham, UK (June 2015), preliminary arrangements were made with representatives of the Springer publishing company to prepare a book titled “Selected Hypogene Karst Regions and Caves of the Word” for Springer’s “Cave and Karst Systems of the World” Book Series This book will be edited by Philippe Audra, Arthur Palmer, Jo De Waele, Augusto Auler and Alexander Klimchouk, and will contain regional and cave-specific case studies, selected to represent diversity of speleogenetic processes and void-conduit patterns in different geological (hydrogeologic, geodynamic, etc) environments Detailed studies of typologically representative hypogene karst regions and cave systems are indispensable for improving our understanding of complex and still insufficiently understood relationships between cave-forming processes and geological environments Publication of such book will enhance our ability to categorize hypogene karst, develop adequate conceptual and numerical models of hypogene karstification, and eventually predict hypogene karst porosity and permeability The preparation of this book is connected to the NCKRI’s DeepKarst 2016 conference Selected contributions submitted to the conference as short papers will be invited to be presented in an extended format as chapters in this book We’ll also additionally invite papers to achieve desired typological and geographic representation of hypogene karst of the world, based on responses to this call and the editor’s awareness of past and ongoing hypogene karst researches For this book, we solicit case-studies on both, well-known and newly recognized hypogene karst regions and caves of the world and ask authors to focus on geological, hydrogeological, geodynamic and evolutionary contexts of hypogene speleogenesis Both geographic distribution of hypogene karst and our knowledge of its regularities and peculiar features are still highly irregular Whenever possible, we encourage potential authors working in regions that share a common geologic and hydrogeologic settings and/or history to consider suggesting joint contributions covering hypogene karst of their regions Alternatively, we’ll also welcome contributions that provide overviews of hypogenic karst over large diverse regions and show regularities of its distribution and diversity of its patterns depending on variations of geologic/hydrogeologic settings and tectonic/geomorphological evolution Case studies on outstanding and typologically representative individual caves or groups of caves are also appropriate for this book Here we announce the call for your suggestions for chapter titles for the book Please, send them to me (klim@speleogenesisinfo) before October 30, 2015, along with abstracts or explanations of your vision of the scope of your contribution(s) Indicate whether you are submitting this contribution to DeepKarst-2016 conference (the latter is recommended but not required) We’ll notify you about the editors’ decision on inclusion of your suggested contributions to the book before November 30, and we anticipate the deadline for submission of manuscripts at April 30, 2016 Publication of the book is tentatively planned for the fall of 2016 I hope very much for your collaboration on these projects Best regards, Sincerely, Alexander Klimchouk President of the UIS KHS Commission. ...

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2015 GSA Convention: karst field trip and sessions

by George Veni on 23 Jul, 2015

The Geological Society of America (GSA) Convention this year will be held in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, on 1-4 November A record nine karst sessions are offered this year, showcasing the diversity and importance of karst research Registration for GSA opens in June General information on the conference can be found at http://communitygeosocietyorg/gsa2015/home The abstract deadline is 11 August Information on how to submit abstracts and the full list of sessions is available at http://communitygeosocietyorg/gsa2015/science-careers/sessions Field trip Information is not yet posted but I believe there will be at least one karst trip Look for it and maybe others in June when registration opens Last year, GSA created the Karst Division, and the new Division’s officers have been busy making its inaugural year special by recruiting many sessions and other activities I hope you will be able to attend GSA this year and present at one or more of these sessions Please consider joining a 3-day field trip, #437: "Karst of the Mid-Atlantic Region in Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia" to be run immediately following the Annual Geological Society of America meeting in Baltimore this fall (Thurs–Sat, 5–7 Nov, returning to the Baltimore Convention Center at 6:00 pm Saturday evening) In this field trip, we will examine karst development in various carbonate rocks as we follow Interstate 70 west from Baltimore across the Piedmont, Frederick Valley, and into the Great Valley proper We will examine the structural and sedimentological controls on karst feature development in marble, limestone, and dolostone rocks with an eye toward the implications for ancient landscape evolution, as well as for modern subsidence hazards A number of caves will be visited, including two commercial caverns which reveal strikingly different histories of development Linkages between karst landscape development, hydrologic dynamics, and water resource sustainability will also be emphasized through visits to locally important springs Recent work on quantitative dye-tracing, spring monitoring, and groundwater modeling will be discussed in the context of new geologic and karst feature mapping conducted with the benefit of LiDAR data The trip will take place over three days, with overnight stops in historic Shepherdstown, West Virginia, and Winchester, Virginia Short, relatively easy wild cave experiences will be offered, and appropriate gear (helmet and light) provided Transportation, 2 nights lodging, box lunches, one group dinner, and entrance fees for two cavern tours are included in the registration cost Cost: US$380 A limited number of student discounted spaces are available: US$200 Cosponsors: GSA Karst Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division; Karst Waters Institute; National Cave and Karst Research Institute Leaders: Daniel H Doctor, USGS; David J Weary; David K Brezinski; Randall C Orndorff; Lawrence E Spangler You may sign up for the field trip upon registering for the GSA meeting here: http://communitygeosocietyorg/gsa2015/registration. ...

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International Planetary Caves Conference 2015

by Speleogenesis News Manager on 23 Jul, 2015

The 2nd International Planetary Caves Conference will be held on 20-23 October 2015 at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, USA Since the 1960s, researchers have speculated about the presence of caves on the Moon and Mars To date, planetary scientists have identified more than 200 lunar and over 2,000 Martian cave-like features This meeting will focus on their origin, means of exploration, and implications, and will consider the potential occurrence of caves in other planetary bodies in our solar system Abstract Deadline — Thursday, 6 August 2015, 5:00 pm US Central Daylight Time (CDT -5) For more information: http://wwwhouusraedu/meetings/2ndcaves2015/. ...

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DeepKarst 2016: Registration is open and call for papers!

by George Veni on 16 Jul, 2015

Registration is now open for DeepKarst 2016! This conference is focused on hypogenic karst, its theory, management, economic reservoirs, and more DeepKarst will be held at National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI) Headquarters in Carlsbad, New Mexico, USA on 11-14 April 2016 To register, learn about field trips, lodging, travel options (you can now fly directly into Carlsbad!), and more, go to http://deepkarstorg/ Also, remember that papers for the conference are due on 15 September 2015 I encourage you to submit yours soon All of the details for sending papers are also at http://deepkarstorg/ NCKRI is organizing this conference in cooperation with the Karst Hydrogeology and Speleogenesis Commission of the International Union of Speleology and follows up on the commission’s 2009 hypogene conference in Ukraine If you have any questions, please contact me George ******************** George Veni, PhD Executive Director National Cave and Karst Research Institute 400-1 Cascades Avenue Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220-9215 USA Office: 575-887-5517 Mobile: 210-863-5919 Fax: 575-887-5523 gveni@nckriorg wwwnckriorg. ...

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A new web site on hypogenic caves of Murcia (Spain)

by Alexander Klimchouk on 13 Jun, 2015

Andrés Ros reports the launch of a new web site dedicated to hypogenic caves of Murcia (Spain) The site (in Spanish) contains the inventory of hypogenic caves of the region, online monographs, bibliography, and more http://wwwcuevashipogenicasdemurciaes/ Welcome to visit this site!. ...

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Welcome to Karstology doctoral study

by Alexander Klimchouk on 11 Jun, 2015

The Karstology doctoral study program is a world-wide unique program which provides a comprehensive study of karst science, combining the study of the karst landscape, karst caves, karst hydrogeology, biology and ecology of karst in one course of study It was designed for students who wish to gain deeper insight of this broadly integrated system of karst sciences The fundamental objective of the program is to produce two types of karstologists The first is the karstologist-researcher who can conduct independent research on karst and karst phenomena from multiple aspects The second type is the karstologist-manager who can apply the full knowledge of karst conveyed by narrowly specialized experts for different applications (economy, education, protection) The program was developed with researchers of the Karst Research Institute at Research Centre of the Slovene Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU) and is carried out by professors and researchers from Karst Research Institute and invited foreign professors, and is coordinated and managed by the University of Nova Gorica Lectures and research take place in the premises of the Karst Research Institute in Postojna where students are provided all necessary professional and scientific support for their own research work Successful functioning of doctoral study program Karstology resulted in naming it in 2014 as the UNESCO Chair on Karst Education More details can be found in the following websites: http://wwwungsi/en/ http://wwwungsi/en/study/graduate-school/study/3KR/ Information: Associate professor dr Martin KNEZ, univ grad eng geology Director of Graduate study program Karstology Graduate School, University of Nova Gorica, Slovenia Karst Research Institute Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts POBox 59, SI-6230 Postojna, Slovenia Tel: ++386 5 700 1915, ++386 5 700 1900 Fax: ++386 5 700 1999 Email: knez@zrc-sazusi. ...

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Speleology of Georgia

by Lasha Asanidze on 25 Apr, 2015

I would like to inform you, that Speleological Society of Georgia was created in the country of Georgia By following a link below you can read interesting information about speleology of Georgia https://speleologygeorgiawordpresscom/. ...

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Speleology in Kazakhstan

Hello everyone! I pleased to invite you to the official site of Central Asian Karstic-Speleological commission ("Kaspeko") There, we regularly publish reports about our expeditions, articles and reports on speleotopics, lecture course for instructors, photos etc Also we have forum there Site's language is Russian Welcome! --Aleksandr Shakalov. ...

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New publications on hypogene speleogenesis

Dear Colleagues, This is to draw your attention to several recent publications added to KarstBase, relevant to hypogenic karst/speleogenesis: Corrosion of limestone tablets in sulfidic ground-water: measurements and speleogenetic implications Galdenzi, Sandro International Journal of Speleology, 2012, Vol 41, Issue 2, p 35-55 Speleogenetic effects of interaction between deeply derived fracture-conduit and intrastratal matrix flow in hypogene karst settings Klimchouk, AB, Tymokhina, EI, Amelichev, GN International Journal of Speleology, 2012, Vol 41, Issue 2, p 37-55 Hypogenic contribution to speleogenesis in a predominant epigenic karst system: A case study from the Venetian Alps, Italy Tisato Nicola, Sauro Francesco, Bernasconi Stefano M , Bruijn Rolf H C , De Waele Jo Geomorphology, 2012, Vol 151, p 156-163 L’altération de type "fantôme de roche" : processus, évolution et implications pour la karstification Quinif Yves, Bruxelles Laurent Géomorphologie : relief, processus, environnement, 2011, Vol 4 You can download these publications following the links to PDF files on respective original websites As a part of collaboration within the HypoKarst, we suggest that the project members inform each other about their own and other published works relevant to the topic An easy way to do this, and generally promote the readership for your papers, is to submit publications to the KarstBase through the online submission form (One needs to be registered to access the form) By including words “hypogene” or “hypogenic” in the keywords (if they are not present within the title), you’ll make the publication appearing in the respective search selection that represens current bibliography on hypogene karst/speleogenesis Check this link regularly if you want to stay updated on current publications in the field Best wishes! Sincerely, --Alexander Klimchouk and Yuri Dublyansky, HypoKarst Project coordinators. ...

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The deepest terrestrial animal

A recent publication of Spanish researchers describes the biology of Krubera Cave, including the deepest terrestrial animal ever found: Jordana, Rafael; Baquero, Enrique; Reboleira, Sofía and Sendra, Alberto Reviews of the genera Schaefferia Absolon, 1900, Deuteraphorura Absolon, 1901, Plutomurus Yosii, 1956 and the Anurida Laboulbène, 1865 species group without eyes, with the description of four new species of cave springtails (Collembola) from Krubera-Voronya cave, Arabika Massif, Abkhazia Terrestrial Arthropod Reviews 5 (2012) 35–85 DOI: follow this link (information supplied by Sofia Reboleira). ...

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Caves - landscapes without light

Exhibition dedicated to caves is taking place in the Vienna Natural History Museum The exhibition at the Natural History Museum presents the surprising variety of caves and cave formations such as stalactites and various crystals Several interactive installations are available as well as audiovisual room presenting current state of the art in current research findings 28 spectacular Austrian caves are presented Important goal of the exhibition is to demonstrate how Vienna is supplied by drinking water from karst areas. ...

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